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tunes. fareed zakaria "gps" is next. >>> this is "gps global public square." welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world. i'm fareed zakaria coming to you today from london. happy new year. on today's show, we'll look ahead at what 2013 might bring around the world. i have a great panel richard haass, anne-marie slaughter and ian bremer who i will ask to gaze into their crystal balls. will assad fall, will israel bomb iran, and will the euro zone finally break apart? >>> then the fiscal cliff. the view from across the pond. how did our political process look from a perch overseas and what will it all mean for the u.s. economy and the global economy? >>> also, will this be india's awakening? the nation confronts its own dark corners after a despicable deadly act. i'll look at some parallels with america's recent tragic school shooting. >>> first, here's my take. the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff is a small victory for sanity, but what it says about the future is somewhat bleak. washington will probably lurch from crisis to crisis kicking problems forward and placing band aids
first term as president of the united states. the president will be meeting with reporters in the east room of the white house, he's getting ready for that, originally he was scheduled for 10:15, now it's been rescheduled to 11:30. about a half hour from now. there you're seeing a live picture of the white house right now on this monday morning, once again, this will be the president's last formal news conference. in his first term as president, he's sworn in in his second term as president. the president will open his news conference later today we're told with a statement on the debt ceiling and why he has said repeatedly over these past few weeks that he will not negotiate with republicans about raising the debt ceiling, as a result he says he won't negotiate, republicans say that is a bargaining chip that they have to try to cut spending to deal with the nation's deficit. we're watching what's going on at the white house, we'll have the full coverage of the news conference leading into it. we're also watching right now what's happening in newtown, connecticut. one month to the stay
and the forthcoming debt ceiling, the united states faces a much deeper challenge. for more than a decade now, for many decades by some measures, america's growth rates have slowed. recoveries have been jobless. and median wages have declined. some combination of the information revolution and globalization has placed tough pressures on high-wage countries like the united states. these new forces of technology and globalization are accelerating and without a strategy to revive growth, long-term growth, all our problems get worse, including and especially our debt. washington's focus so far has been on raising taxes and cutting spending. it should really be on reforming and investing in the american economy. historically when the american government or the world bank or the imf advised countries that got into trouble, they usually stress that achieving fiscal stability, austerity was only a part of the solution. the key to reviving growth is structural reform to make the economy more competitive, as well as crucial investments in human and physical capital to ensure the next generation of grow
in the united states and around the world. i'm fareed zakaria. we v a series of feisty debates on the hot topics of the day. we start with president obama's nomination of senator chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. we have a clash you will want to watch. >>> then the relationship between the united states and russia keeps getting worse, whose fault is it? moscow or washington? a debate. also, the next fight in washington will be over the debt ceiling. can president obama end this craziness and bypass congress altogether? we'll talk about the out of the box solutions and whether they would work. >>> and, finally, this is the signature of the man who might be the next treasury secretary. we'll look back through history to see if there's any loopy president. speaking of secretaries of the treasury three former holders of the office and many other statesmen and women offering advice to the president on a new gps special tonight "memo to the president, road map for a second term." tonight at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. >>> first, here's my take. chuck hagel's nomination
, here is wolf. >>> i'm wolf blitzer in washington. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world to a special edition of "the situation room." for the next hour i'll take you behind the scenes to my extraordinary trip to egypt. to see if democracy is taking hold or being threatened. i had some very tough questions for egypt's new president. stand by for morning exclusive reporting. >>> i have covered the middle east for decades, but learned a lot during my trip to egypt, i saw firsthand how one of the united states's most important friends in the middle east is struggling after its revolution two years ago. i spent more than an hour talking exclusively with the egyptian president, mohamed morsi. he welcomed me to his presidential palace in cairo. and i toured the city's famous tahrir square, where the arab spring demonstrations changed the course of history. i stood in tahrir square days ago, the symbol of the revolution was largely deserted. it looked very different two years ago, during those intense days leading up to the overthrow of the egyptian presiden
a lifetime in politics, eventually becoming the vice president of the united states and now a second term this is huge. >> it's very big. yesterday exthere was a funny moment, vice president on the road was out, called himself president biden. proud to be presidented by in, he had to correct himself. i do think given recent events, takes on significance, the president brought joe biden into the middle of the talks on the fiscal cliff, helps finalize the agreement, then turned to him on gun control, there has been rumblings out there now that vice president biden might actually be interested in running in 2016. there's a whiff of politics today as justice sotomayor swears him in. it is not an accident, i think the first hispanic justice. >> suggesting part of his courting, the hispanic vote, is that what you think? >> had just possibly they had that in mind. just possibly. >> possibly 100% chance that is the case. now it is also true that sonia soto may certificate first justice appointed by the obama/biden team. when he was senator, he was chairman of the judiciary committee. supreme cour
by what is right with america. >> the united states will not ignore your oppression or excuse your oppressors. >> all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. >>> we're across from the white house where president obama is getting ready to take the oath of office. >>> and here on the national mall, everything is in place for a huge party and all of america is invited. >>> a president who broke barriers and inspired the nation four years ago now begins a second term. a second chance to restore hope and bring change. >> despite all the hardship we've been through, despite all the frustrations of washington. i've never been more hopeful about our future. and i ask you to sustain that hope. >> the pomp, the parade, the inaugural balls will come tomorrow, but this is the day that truly mattered. when the president must raise his hand and swear to protect and defend the constitution. >> so help you god? >> so help me god. >>> we're here in the heart of washington, d.c., with spectacular views of the u.s. capitol and the national mall. a t
you around the world in 60 minutes. we begin with nuclear threats against the united states. north korea announced plans to test more nuclekes and more lon range rocket launches. north korea's defense commission calls america the sworn enemy of the korean people. i want to get straight to new york. >> the words are very threatening. it is very incredible to hear them directly threaten united states in that way just ahead of what they say will be another nuclear test. what i'm hearing and what analysts are saying is that is probably how one would have expected them to react. it comes just a day after yet more u.s. action and u.n. action at the security council and more sanction action. most people believe this is not a threat of attacking the united states but certainly the words are threatening to the united states. they say analysts that this is north korea's way of trying to deter any further action from the international community. and that they have no capacity to invade in terms of long range missiles to reach the u.s. it is a serious issue if they do test any kind of nuclear
and the government is getting violent. the united states is getting involved. they're threatening to take control of the entire country. the militants' move prompted france to take action over the weekend. they put boots on the ground and went all in, bombing rebel training camps and other targets. so what will the united states do? a pentagon official told me this afternoon that the u.s. will participate in mali, but, and i want to make sure i put quotes around this, it's still deciding what that looks like. when we went to the mali border last summer, i saw first hand how dangerous the situation is. today, we spoke to some of our sources on the ground, including the military commander of the al qaeda's linked group. he told us that the militants are, in his words, excited and would welcome u.s. troops on the ground. he also said the french bombs have killed civilians and that france is signing a death warrant for french people around the world, opening the gates of hell. omar said the militants will fight to the end and this will be a long war, more dangerous than afghanistan or iraq. we also s
to vip members of congress and the official program which was a history, also has a history of the united states capitol inside plus the program of events, of course, on the public inauguration day, which is monday. you can see it right here. it's really, really quite beautiful. >> it's gold. gold glitters here. >> it's gold. >> the honor of your presence is requested at the ceremonies attending the inauguration of the president and vice president of the united states. >> the guy we were just talking about. he'll be here, you'll be here, i'll be here. >> tomorrow we'll be here, sunday we'll be here, monday lots of live coverage coming up. history unfolding and we're thrilled to be here. thanks very much for joining us. we'll see you back here tomorrow. read us as well. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. >>> next, breaking news. cnn has learned an american has been killed during the hostage situation in algeria. plus the man who says he's behind the attack has the nickname "the marlboro man" and "the jihad prince." >>> the number of american husband holds with guns is on the decline
the military will let women serve in front line combat units, including infantry, artillery, even potentially special forces. >> our nation was built on the premise of the citizen soldier. and our democracy, i believe it is the responsibility of every citizen to protect the nation. >> the policy came together after more than a year's effort by secretary panetta and joint chiefs chairman martin dempsey with the heads of each service signing off. the branches will have until may to submit plans for integrating women and they'll also be able to make the case that certain specialties should not be open to women, special forces, for instance. early reaction was mixed. one said men and women side by side in combat would be distracting, harmful, and awkward for unit cohesion. >> combat is a very hard game. i think people are being awfully cavalier about this restriction being lifted. combat is a life or death game. if we get this wrong, the loser dies. >> republican senator james inhofe sounded alarm bells saying congress may have to put the brakes on the deal, and family research groups weighed in.
that cannot be cured by what is right with america. >> the united states will not ignore your oppression or excuse your oppressors. >> all are equal. all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. >>> the presidential inauguration is getting under way right here on the capitol, and we have a front row seat. >> here on the national mall, people are staking out their spot to experience this moment in history. >> the sun rises on barack obama's second term. >> we gather because we have chosen hope over fear. unity over purpose. >> on this day, a public celebration of the presidency after a private oath the day before. >> so help you god? >> so help me god. >> on this capitol where so many battles have been fought and will be fought, political rivalries are being set aside in a show of democracy and unity for all the world to see. >> and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. >>> we're live here on the west front of the united states capitol for one of the grandest celebration
karzai. we're there for the benefit of the united states. as long as there is a threat that comes from afghanistan, al qaeda, as long as afghanistan could be in the future used as a potential safe haven against people in the united states, we're there, we have to recognize that we're there.safee united states, we're there, we have to recognize that we're there. and we have to remember first principles. we're there for the defense of the american mainland and american people. >> always good to get your thoughts. appreciate it, sir. >> take care. >>> in december russias passed a law banning u.s. adoptions. that left hundreds in limbo wondering what were happening to the children they were already in the process of adopting. now there may be some hope for those people. >>> one problem after another this week if boeing 787 dream liner. now the u.s. government weighing in. >>> also coming up, it is the first and only exhibition of its kind to ever tour the united states featuring 150 mummies. fr r. clear, huh? i'm not juice or fancy water. i've got nine grams of protein. that's three times
and doing an excellent, excellent job. right now i want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer here in washington, d.c. we're right across from the president of the united states on the reviewing stand. there it is, the reviewing stand on the north lawn of the white house. kate bolduan is here, jim acosta is here and we're in "the situation room," a special edition of the situation room watching the wind river dancers from the wind river reservation in wyoming performing for the president of the united states. he's still there. he's still in the reviewing stand. the first lady, sasha and malia have gone inside. i suspect they have to get ready for the balls for tonight. >> it's a very special day, obviously, but a very long day for the president and first lady. up next, they will get ready and head to the balls and greet all of their supporters. as we see, up next here, on our parade root is the canine companions for independence out of virginia. >> you want to see animals, you see animals. >> it's finally all happening for me. >> these ar
, talk to me after you got on the stage in front of the president of the united states and hundreds of thousands to sing the national anthem in 40-degree weather. until then, that particular bomb is bursting in air on the ridiculist. that's it for us. thanks for watching. "erin burnett out front" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, weeks after newtown, another shooting at an american school as two gunmen open fire at a texas college. we go to houston for the latest. >>> plus the family of an american hostage murdered in algeria spoke out today. >>> beyonce's national anthem. what you may not have known about it. about it. let's go "outfront." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, a shooting at a texas campus. shots rang out at the lone star community college in houston today in what officials now are blaming on a fight between two people. it was pretty awful to watch. it was so much uncertainty today as we started to see just what those helicopter shots, people running, there were stretchers. no one was sure what was happeni
the hospital's different departments as well as in the intensive care units who have not been identified yet. it isn't a big number, the people waiting outside for news are desperate. >> it was the end of the summer holiday season in brazil. the last chance to party for many young people due back at school or work on monday. cnn, santa maria, brazil. >> we had a similar tragedy here in the u.s., a fire started at an overcrowded nightclub in rhode island and died. if you can believe it, that was 10 years ago. susan candiotti has a look back at that nightclub fire. >> reporter: in 2003, 100 people died at the station nightclub in west warwick rhode island, where the band great white was performing, pyrotechnics ignited sound proofing material, smoke filled the room, in 1990, arson was the cause of the happy land fire in new york, it killed 87 people. authorities said the bronx club was operating illegally, two years after it was ordered closed because of safety violations. in 1977 fire at the beverly hills supper club in south gate kentucky killed 165 people. among 2400 waiting for entertainer
of questions already are coming from the united states about the algerian government's tactics in the operation that could have put the hostages in jeopardy. now, we also want to let you know that right now, there's a chartered flight en route of bp employees from algeria. it is headed towards london to gatwick airport. now, that could be landing at any moment. we don't yet know if the passengers are any of the freed hostages or if there are americans on board, but as we get that information, we're going to share that with you. the brother of an irish national who escaped from captivity had a harrowing story. he spoke to cnn today and described what happened to his brother. >> yeah, but just found out recently that he'd been mered to sleep with duct tape over his mouth and his hands tied and then we find out how he got free and five out of the compound or to a different part of the compound, and there were five jeeps and the algerian army had bombeded the jeeps and out of the five jeeps, the bomb had wiped out four of them. and they had obviously lost their lives, but lucky enough for my brothe
at that united states anti-doping agency report, it says that there were 38 blood samples taken from lance armstrong between 2009 and 2011 when he was making that comeback in the tour de france, and it showed blood levels with values with the likelihood of occurring naturally in less than 1 in a million. so a great deal of questions will be raised as lance armstrong continues to assert that he rode those last two years cleanly. there's a great deal of speculation about that. erin? >> thanks, ed. now i want to bring in our penl. david epstein is a senior writer for "sports illustrated." dana jacobson is with cbs sports and paul callan is our legal contributor. you were all critical last night. you didn't feel satisfied. let me ask you, did you feel that -- did he win you another tonight? >> no. and i said earlier there's probably no way he could have won me over. maybe i saw a little more human side when his kids were mentioned. he was -- oprah said do you owe people an apology and he listed the people he owes an apology to, and he didn't do it last night when he had a chance. he didn't do
. >>> all right. the united states marine corps band is now going by the reviewing stand. the president is there with the co comb don't of the u.s. marine corps. now it's the marines. it's the marines turn. so you know what, let's pay homage. let's respect the united states marines. ♪ ♪ that is a beautiful shot. the u.s. marine corps being honored. now the chinese-american community center folk dance troupe from delaware, the home state of the vice president of the united states. we're getting a little different cultural -- this is a little cultural dancing. but who knew they were from delaware, these dancers have performed, by the way, not only here, but the kennedy center, the smithsonian, the wilmington brand opera house, play house theater, national theater. this is an excellent, excellent folk dance troupe. >> as you look close, you can see these people are working really hard as they're approaching. this is the tail end of their parade as they get to the reviewing stand so they're really working hard. >> they haven't had a lot of time to practice. the election ended, then the
of the united states as well. they will be there tomorrow. and of course, joined by the vice president and his wife as well. give you a little bit of tid bits inauguration, show you a picture in a moment i have here today. last time, just so you know, there were about 5 to 7,000 port-a-potties here last time, in 2009. this time, there are only going to be about 1500, but last time there were almost 2 million people. this time, expected to be between 600,000 -- 600,000 to 800,000 people. so, about 1500. and so, there you go. last time, 2009, generated over 130 tons of waste. we don't know what's gonna happen this time because it hasn't happened. this is my moment earlier. my high school idol, cyndi lauper, was here and i got a picture with her. do we have the picture? there it is. i am a happy man now. and we can start the top of the show. >>> hello, everyone it is 5 p.m. on the east coast, 2 p.m. on the west coast, i am don lemon. i am live in washington, d.c., very special coverage of president barack obama's inauguration. thank you so much for joining us on this historic weekend. worship was
was the real 12th president of the united states. >> chris taylor is in charge of what he calls the world's smallest presidential library. a tribute to the 24 hours the late senator from missouri spent as president david rice atchison. it's a nanosecond in history. also etched into atchison's grave stone. a great little asterisk, except almost universally historians say atchison was never president. >> it's a con seat, actually. atchison used to joke about it, atchison's term had come to a conclusion as well. he didn't take his oath of office either as a senator or president, in case of emergency they would have turned to the incoming president, zachary taylor. >> reporter: without twitter, facebook or cnn, news of emergencies travelled a lot slower in 1849. so there was no reason to explore the power vacuum at the time. in fact, atchison slept most of the day, tuckered out bay lot of last-minute business in the senate, some things never change. still, some of atchison's friends reportedly could not resist. >> that night, some of his colleagues in the senate woke him up in the middle of t
and it comes amid a bitter debate over gun control in the united states. just yesterday in his inaugural address, the president appeared to link the debate to the founding principles and the constitution. >> we have always understood that when times change, so must we. that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges. that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. >> "outfront" tonight, hogan gidley, republican strategist. michael waldman, former speech writer for president clinton and michael avlon. obviously that was a reference, a rather oblique one, to the gun control debate, but a reference it appeared to be. the fourth school shooting, though, in more than a month. nearly half the american people disapprove of what the president is doing on gun control. is it time now for less talk and more action from the president on gun control? >> well, you're right, that in that powerful speech yesterday, he used the words and the sentiments of the founders to argue for his agenda and one of the elements obliquely, though not exp
men and women side by side in combat would be distracting, harmful, and awkward for unit cohesion. >> i think people are being awfully cavalier about this restriction being lifted. combat is a life or death game. if we get this wrong, the loser dies. >> republican senators sounded alarm bells saying congress may have to put the brakes on the de deal, and family research groups weighed in. one asking how much national security is our president willing to forego to promote this kind of progressive feminism. not every republican feels this way. buck mckeon said he welcomes the announcement, and people on both sides of the aisle said it's totally normal if you speak dutch, hebrew, polish, or f finnish. in addition, there's the inescapable fact that in modern war fare, the lines are blurry. meaning troops in noncom bat roles can end up in combat. >> when i got to baghdad, my first foray out of the operating base, i hopped into the humvee and i asked the driver who he was, where he was from? i said, who are you? she leaned down and said, i'm amanda. i said, okay. >> tammy duckworth lost
and this fight has moved from northern and west africa to great britain and the united states. the chairman of the house foreign affairs committee called this a growing radical movement and supports the offensive and he is outfront tonight. thank you for taking the time. i appreciate it. the islamist military commander who we spoke to said they demand an end to the war to release the hostages. we are hearing this attack has been in the works before the french formalal involvement. should the united states be negotiating with these al qaeda linked groups? >> here is the difficulty and you have done great reporting on this. for the last six years this particular al qaeda affiliate has been taking westerners hostages and have been using this for bargaining power. they then use the monetary ransom in order to build their organization. they are also freshly supplied from some of the weapons that they picked up in libya. so we have a situation, frankly, where i think we have to hope that the french foreign legion forces and other forces engage and make very quick progress. i say that because once
the ban on women in combat units. >> therefore today, general dempsey and i, are pleased to announce that we are eliminating the direct ground combat exclusion rule for women. and we are moving forward with a plan to eliminate all unnecessary gender based barriers to service. >> so, eliminating this ban is going to take time. the military now begins what officials call, quote, the assessment phase. they will examine all units and produce a time line. every three months leaders have to check in on progress, and if it's found that a woman is not fit for the unit, exemption may be sought. >> your mission for today, you are going to the village of -- >> thank you, thank you. >> we've intel that there's possibly three to five fighters out in the village. you are going to be going out with osi to do a source meet in the village with ahmed at the car garage, be aware that they are possibly armed with rpgs and small arms. ahmed, this is tech sgt. andrea jefferson's worst nightmare, taking on enemy fire and a comrade goes down. >> he is bleeding here, hold pressure on the wound. >> as an air
of people scattered around the hospital's different departments, as well as the intensive care units who have not been identified yet. it isn't a big number, but the people waiting outside for news are desperate. >> it was the end of the summer holiday season in brazil, the last chance to party for many young people due back at work or school on monday. shasta darlington, cnn, santa maria, brazil. >>> if you can believe it, that was 10 years ago. susan canned otte has been looking back at fires in recent history. >> in 2003, 100 people died at the station nightclub in west warwick, rhode island where the band great white was performing. pyrotechnics ignited material and smoke filled the room. arson was the cause of the happy land fire in new york approximately it killed 87 people. authorities said the bronx club was operating illegally, two years after it was ordered closed because of safety violations. in 1977, fire at the beverly hills supper club in kentucky killed 165 people. it was believed to be an electrical fire went undetected at first. no fire detectors. and the coconut grove i
in to a booming business birth tourism. four women giving birth in the united states so their kids will be citizens and it's not from where you would expect. let's go ""outfront."" >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, the battle over super storm sandy. so the house of representatives is going to vote tonight, really just imminently, on a 49 house republicans voted against the final bill and we will speak to one in a moment this may sound like an easy vote to you because disaster relief always gets approved but when it comes to spending this country's money every dollar counts. as we saw with the fiscal cliff battle not everyone in washington thinks this kind of money is worth it. >> $16 billion is to quintuple the size of the community of development grant block program the slush program that pays for projects such as doggy day care centers and doesn't have to be spent in the hurricane area. $2 billion is for highway repairs, anywhere in the country including up to $20 million each for guam, american is a mow ya and the mariana islands isn't in the same ocean as
. we know from private organizations that infrastructure in the united states needs repair. we know from examples in other countries that if you have proper infrastructure it over time attracts business and we can shed this whole nonsense about taking on debt for our grandchildren if we create a place where it's fascinating and profitable to do business. >> and it's economic security for your grandchildren. i guess this becomes a message that has to change here where instead of talking about spending and federal government getting bigger and more involved in the economy and your life we have to be talking about investing and using the government the way it should be to invest and put us in the right position so we can compete with the rest of the world that by the world is going crazy doing infrastructure spending using cash in many cases to do it, something we don't have. >> just changing the words won't fix it. obama has also said investing as a synonym for spending. investing has to be investing. >> if we can't get behind a no-brainer like this, a public/private infrastructure ba
to undergo a background check and pay a fine and back taxes before gaining legal status in the united states. all that is contingent on securing borders. the proposal provides for increased use of drones, more personnel and improved infrastructure and it would create an employment verification system and improve the process for admitting needed workers. cnn chief congressional correspondent dana bash and cnn chief white house correspondent jessica yellin are working the story. dana, the tone was pretty optimistic up on capitol hill today. >> it sure was but, you know, we have seen this movie before, you and i, wolf, and a lot of other people watching this issue go kind of up and down with the partisan wins. but this is something that is different this time. because of something very simple. and that is what happened in the last election to republicans. particularly mitt romney with the latino voters. he lost big time. and that's why when i asked senator mccain and others who were standing right here where i'm standing, half a dozen years ago, why this is different, that's why they answered t
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" investigation into a booming business, birth tourism. foreign women giving birth in the united states so their kids will be citizens, but this time, we're not talking about people south of the border. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, the battle over super storm sandy. so the house of representatives is going to vote tonight, really just imminently, on a controversial relief package for the victims of the devastating october 29th storm. a $17 billion aid package was approved earlier today and at this moment, another $34 billion is at stake. i know this might sound like an easy vote because disaster relief always gets approved but right now, when it comes to spending this country's money, every single dollar is getting subjected to scrutiny and just as we saw with the fiscal cliff battle, not everyone in washington thinks this disaster relief should pass. >> $16 billion is to quintuple the size of the grant program, the slush fund that pays for such dubious projects as doggy day care centers. it doesn't even have to be spent in the hurricane area
in the united states so their kids will be citizens and it's not from where you would expect. let's go ""outfront."" >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, the battle over super storm sandy. >> if you listen to the republican critics, they say the pork is everywhere in this $34 billion amendment that the democrats tacked on to this emergency spending measure for superstorm sandy. take a look. it includes $194 million for the national oceanic atmospheric organization. it will give $2 billion for repairing roads virtually anywhere after a natural disaster including, yes, guam which is ,000 miles from where sandy struck, more than $100 million for amtrak to end to its trains and tracks in the northeast corridor even though it looks like less than a third would involve repairs related to sandy and it's damage. and the amendment includes $16 billion for the department of housing and urban development to help with disaster relief, rebuilding an economic revitalization but not just in sandy's path, in any disaster zone anywhere in the country. that is what the critics have be
if the president won't negotiate on the debt ceiling. and one of our guests says the next president of the united states will be black. and why one politician accused of a crime was stripped and beaten. we'll show it to you. let's go "outfront." >>> good friday evening, everyone. i'm erin burnette. "outfront" tonight, on the brink of battle. a threat today from a top republican to shut down the government if president obama refuses to negotiate over the debt ceiling. the second most powerful republican in the senate, minority whip john cornyn of texas wrote in an op-ed today, president obama needs to take note of this reality and put forward a plan to avoid it immediately. will those threats work? a senior democrat says if the republicans don't want to raise the debt ceiling, it will be on their shoulders. >> risking government shutdown, risking not raising the debt ceiling is playing with fire. >> playing with fire. douglas holtz-eakin is the former director of the congressional budget office. robert reich is a former u.s. labor secretary and author of a book that explains how we all feel these
and the united states. today, he called the terrorist attack in algeria, the latest and growing demonstration of a radical movement across west africa. he supports the movement. he is out front tonight. thank you very much for taking the time. i appreciate it. the islamist commander we spoke to whom you just heard there said, they demand a release of the war. this attack had been in the works before the french involvement in mali. former military involvement. the question is, should the united states be negotiating with these al qaeda linked groups? >> here is the difficulty. you have done some great reporting on this. as you know, for the last six years, this particular all qaeda affiliate has been taking westerners as hostages, many of them french. they are using this for bargaining power and collecting ransom and then they use the monetary ransom to build their organization. they are freshly supplied from some of the weapons they picked up in libya. so we have a situation frankly where i think we've got to hope that the french foreign legion forces an other french forces engaged make very
. >> the office of president of the united states. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> preserve, protect and defend. >>> have the constitution of the united states. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help you god. >> so help me god. >> there won't be a doover because the actual swearing in took place yesterday. also unlike last time, the first time ever to mention rights for, equal rights for gays and lesbians and a much bolder statement in many ways in mr. obama's governing philosophy from here on out. >> we, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths, that all of us are created equal, is the star that guides us still. just as it guided our forebearers through seneca falls and stone wall, a it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung who left footprints along this great mall to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone, to hear a king proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every s
of president of the united states. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> a slight stumble there. >> the first speech to ever mention equal rights for gays and lesbians and mr. obama's governing philosophy from here on out. >> we the people declare today that the most evident of truths that all of us are created equal is the star that guides us still just as it guided our forebearers through seneca falls and selma and stonewall, just as it guided all those men and women sung and unsung who left footprints along this great mall to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk away, to hear a king proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every sole honor. >> a very big day for temperature, for washington, for the country, very exciting day if you're fascinated by the clash of political ideas. we'll be looking at the speech as politics and poetry,
this fight. when the smoke cleared, the first south carolina was still standing. and the calvary unit was gone. only two soldiers, one from each side died that night. but history had been made. >> we'll never forget those men. and i'm teary about that, because that is a sacrifice to our country that they have laid down. not just to their country, but to their race. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> very well said. >> a battlefield unmarked. but remembered. >> think back, 150 years ago, here is where the slaves that were brought from the coast of africa proved that they were men. this is the area where black soldiers from the first south carolina earned their right to be called soldiers. >> told you that you would like it. my thanks to our producer, nice job with that. >>> women will soon take up position on the front lines of battle, as soon as the final acts of defense secretaries, one of the final acts of defense secretary leon panetta that this week lifted a ban of unit in combat units. but for one combat unit in the air force this is nothing new. their women have been side by side wi
senator who became president of the united states, and there was all of this high expectation for him which his aides will tell you that was a problem because they could never live up to the expectations. if you look at barack obama in that picture, it was sort of like, okay, let's do this, let's get to work. i have a lot i need to do. i'm thinking about what i've got to do over the next four years. very realistic. somebody who's established a real working relationship with his vice president. and i just think it's somebody who's sort of grown into that job and is ready to cement his legacy. whether that will be able to happen or not -- if you get health care reform in your first term and maybe immigration in the second, maybe that's as transformational as anybody can expect to be. >> do you think different man than he was four years ago? >> number one, in the bigger historical context, it is now common, it was rare in our history to have successive two-term presidents. is he different? this is a validation for him personally. when he won election four years ago, he made history as th
blitzer begins right now. >> don, thanks very much. happening now, the united states senator talks about the traumatic day she tried to find a pulse by putting her finger into the bullet hole of a colleague who had just been shot. now she wants to ban 158 kinds of assault weapons. dispute all the iphones, the tablets, ipods and a whole lot more there are out there, perhaps in your hands right now, apple's day as a wall street darling potentially, potentially could be over. wait until you hear how the stock got clobbered today and why. >>> and football star manti te'o opens up about the hoax that fooled him and the rest of the country. it's the interview that so many people have been waiting for. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with a new effort to ban 158 specific assault-style weapons and prohibit other guns from using magazines containing more than ten rounds of ammunition. those are just two of the provisions of a bill put forward today by united states senator whose own hands were bloodied by one of the most notorious shootings in california history. da
of immunity is of very specific importance for the united states. as was, for us, the issue of sovereignty and detentions and the continued presence of international forces in afghan villages and the very conduct of the war itself. with those issues resolved, as we did today, part of it, the rest was done earlier, i can go to the afghan people and argue for immunity for u.s. troops in afghanistan in a way that afghan sovereignty would not be compromised, in a way that afghan law would not be compromised, in a way that the provisions that we arrive at through talks will give the united states the satisfaction of what it seeks and will also provide the afghan people the benefits that they are seeking through this partnership and the subsequent agreement. [ inaudible ] >> that's not for us to decide. it is an issue for the united states. numbers are not going to make a difference to the situation in afghanistan. it is the broader relationship that will make a difference to afghanistan and beyond in the region. the specifics of numbers are issues that the military will decide and afghanistan w
full coverage this hour. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin this hour with the breaking news, americans are among a number of westerners taken hostage in algeria during an attack on a gas production field. at least two people are reported dead in the attack by islamic militants which the united states is now calling a terrorist act. our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr, is standing by. i know she has details. they are sketchy right now but what are you learning? >> this is operated by british p petroleum and the challenge tonight is getting basic information, basic intelligence about what has happened, who is there, how many hostages, how many militants, the layout of the facility. they need basic information. they are working urgently with the algerian government to learn everything that they can, wolf. >> i know the pentagon gets involved in contingency planning and don't wait for things to get resolved. what do we know, what are we learning about what is going on behind the s
at new york, home of the united nations. world leaders from 193 countries are gathering for the annual meeting of the general assembly. president mahmoud ahmadinejad will address the meeting. he had blistering words for israel today. you have been condemned for vociferously in america for a comment that you are said to have made that you want israel to be wiped off the map. wiped off the face of the earth. there have been many interpretations of what you said. you disputed the meaning that was then translated from the original farsi. let me give you the opportunity to say exactly what you did say and say exactly what you did mean. >> translator: we have been condemned in the united states for many things. for having deposed a dictator with a revolution. very having sought free elections. for not allowing our oil and national treasure to leave our country freely. and for having stood up to very dangerous terrorists in the region, for having stood up against saddam hussein. who enjoyed the backing of many. because we said, justice for all, the right for peaceful nuclear energy for all. >
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